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A female character who resembles [[{{Bishonen}} a pretty, androgynous boy]], [[{{Fanservice}} in a positive way]], usually coupled with an appropriate "masculine" outfit. Swooned over by [[UnsettlingGenderReveal confused females]] as much as outright SchoolgirlLesbians. Sometimes in the episode they're introduced, they're confused for men until the other characters recognize and treat them as girls. Occasionally, it's also a roundabout way of adding a stereotypically "male" role to a show that doesn't have (or [[ImprobablyFemaleCast want]]) one. Very often subject to at least one StupidSexyFlanders gag, sometimes even after TheReveal of their true biological sex.

Interestingly, most versions are PrinceCharming types and overwhelmingly [[WholesomeCrossdresser "good" characters]]. Bifauxnen are--from an artistic standpoint--everything that is positive about masculinity while also not losing anything fundamentally "woman". Many characters, in fact, simply heavily associate with traits typically praised in men; the appearance is just another path to that. Most of the time the bifauxnen is ''not'' a ButchLesbian, and is [[ChasteHero mostly oblivious]] to reactions they incite.

The major distinction between them and {{Tomboy}}s is [[SheCleansUpNicely a direct and neat association with elegance and style]], and they often appear [[YoungerThanTheyLook older than they really are]]. Tomboys are often associated with playfulness and immaturity, but are still clearly female. Bifauxnen do have [[TomboyWithAGirlyStreak some sense of femininity most straight-up tomboys lack of]], though this isn't a requirement. While it is common to have both types of characters in a series, two bifauxnen are less common, and tend to become playful or [[FoeYay sexy]] rivals.

Bifauxnen, however, do not include trans men, as the latter ''are'' men, and not simply "mistaken" for men. Usually they can be distinguished by how they identify, such as Takatsuki from ''Manga/WanderingSon'', though it may be {{ambiguous|gender identity}} for some characters.

This is mainly a Japanese trope. Western examples do exist, dressing this way either throughout a work or in a single scene, but the Western example is generally '''not''' straight. Rather, dressing a female character up as a SharpDressedMan was, in European and North American works in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a standard GettingCrapPastTheRadar way to imply that she was lesbian or bisexual when open acknowledgement and depiction of her sexuality, even in a negative way, would have been forbidden by taste-and-decency standards.

A subtrope of LadyLooksLikeADude. The male equivalent is {{Bishonen}}. Not to be confused with SweetPollyOliver, who only dresses like a man to achieve a goal that requires her to seem male. Compare to SamusIsAGirl, where the gender simply isn't discernible until TheReveal. Can also be a case of BifauxnenAndLadette if there's more than one in a particular work or EverybodyWantsTheHermaphrodite if she just happens to have a few male bits in the end. Also see TheLadette and AttractiveBentGender. May involve a GenderReveal.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Pictured above: Oscar from ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' is the archetypal example, more or less cribbed from the ''otokoyaku'' (boytype) role of the real-life {{Takarazuka}} Revue performers. ''The Rose of Versailles'' just happens to be one of their most famous performances.
* June from ''Anime/CoyoteRagtimeShow''. She's the knife-fighter.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Haruka Tenou (Sailor Uranus) is modeled on a real-life {{Takarazuka}} character. While this is less emphasized after her introduction in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], it made her very distinctive in promotional materials by adding some variety, and eventually [[CharacterExaggeration became her major character trait]] in the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]].
** The Sailor Starlights from the final arc also qualify under this trope, at least in the manga, where they're only disguised as boys and not [[SuperGenderBender transformed into boys]] like in the 90s anime.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ukyou, specially around the time of her introduction. From the moment she puts aside her grudge with Ranma and Genma, she switches to a simple {{Bokukko}}. (Though she still invokes the looks when at school, as she wears a boy's uniform save for a {{filler}} anime where she tries a more open GirlinessUpgrade.
* Ryuunosuke Fujinami from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', Ukyou and [[GenderBender Ranma's]] authorical ancestor. Ryuunosuke is a girl, but her father was completely dead-set on having a son that when he discovered he had a daughter, it still didn't stop him from giving her a [[TomboyishName boy's name]] and [[RaisedAsTheOppositeGender raising her as a boy]]. As a result, Ryuunosuke is very masculine-looking, behaves way more manly than most male characters, [[{{Bokukko}} speaks in a very masculine fashion]] and [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer even girls who are aware of her gender swoon]]. Ryuunosuke is not happy about this, but no matter how hard she tries to behave feminine, her father always thwarts her efforts.
* ''Anime/MaiHiME'': Chie had hints of this. Her ''Anime/MaiOtome'' version turned this up even more with her husky voice, [[ChivalrousPervert flirty manner]], predilection to [[SomethingAboutARose blue roses]], and association with the [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl much-more-girly Aoi]]. It's even more obvious in ''Anime/MaiOtomeZwei'', where her Robe is a suit with a top hat rather than the standard dress.
* ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'': Paraietta, especially impressive given the [[GenderBender premise of the show]]. Though the outfit and her physique don't fit the trope. It's more the attitude and facial features.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'':
** Utena's status is made a bit more complex by her dislike of actually being identified as masculine. Rather, she assumes the qualities of a prince as a heroic, energetic, and proactive figure, and the rest is window dressing; she is clearly a girl wearing a modified boy's uniform and explains her odd red shorts are a concession to playing sports.
** Meanwhile, in TheMovie retelling, no real reason is given for Utena's 'new' uniform (an ''un''modified boy's dress uniform) besides the fact it allows one of the major characters to not realize Utena is female until he's halfway into a fight scene. Considering she is also ''not'' oblivious to Anthy and Wakaba's flirting this time around, she's a more typical Bifauxnen in this portrayal.
* ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'': Due to the [[ImprobablyFemaleCast lack of men]] in the show, the [[TheLadette tall, husky voiced gun-nut]] Forte ends up playing one whenever the team requires. Especially ironic given her generic costume shows off her assets very prominently.
* In ''Manga/KareKano'', Maho Izawa is cast in a play as an android bishounen.
* ''Manga/HanaKimi'': Originally a pretty girl, Mizuki made a good Bifauxnen when she cross-dressed to go to an all-boy school. There, she is revered as a pretty boy. However, when she went back home for the holidays, her father mistook her for a boy upon seeing her with her [[BoyishShortHair short boyish hairstyle]] (not to mention, she was pretty flat too).
* ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'' plays with this deliberately, as [[spoiler: the title character]]'s gender isn't made explicit to the audience for a couple of episodes. [[spoiler: Kino]] seems to be designed as an "everyman" (well, a woman) who everyone can identify with to some extent.
* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'': Rei Hasekura is a subversion. She happens to be a KendoTeamCaptain, tall, and short-haired, but this is the extent of her boyish qualities; [[{{Moe}} her short, delicate-looking]] ''petite soeur'' Yoshino is the actual tomboy of the [[MoeCouplet pair]]. Rei also tends to wear male (or at least male type) clothes when out of uniform, though this could be due to having difficulty find clothes in her size.
* Megumi from ''Manga/CheekyAngel'' is an unusual subversion as she was turned ''into'' a girl, and despite being unusually skilled at grooming herself, is mistaken for a one for her rough speech.
* Maggie from ''Anime/RODTheTV'' is very tall with a husky voice, yet at the same time [[ShrinkingViolet very shy and withdrawn.]]
* ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'': Amane Ohtori ("the Prince of Spica"), as well as her [[PsychoLesbian predatory]] EvilCounterpart Kaname. In an amusing irony during the manga, Amane is almost railroaded into pairing up with Kaname for the Etoile contest, under the logic that her fangirls would be [[YaoiFangirl less upset about that kind of setup]]. The light novels add yet another bifauxnen, Makoto Kusanagi.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
** Sir Integra. Back when most people's exposure to ''Hellsing'' came through the TV series, [[ViewerGenderConfusion some people were genuinely confused as to her gender]], despite a flashback episode in which, as a young girl, she is clearly shown wearing female clothing. The manga and OVA actually begin with this flashback, making such confusion nigh on impossible. Integra takes a Bifauxnen look because she wants to be seen not as the noble Lady Integra but as the Knight ''Sir'' Integra: IOW, "all business".
* Minami Iwasaki in ''Manga/LuckyStar'', although this is played up by her FanGirl classmate.
* Kei from Creator/AkikoMorishima's ''Angelic Girl'' is an interesting {{Deconstruction}}. She definitely fits the archetype, but is insecure about the fact that girls seem to like her largely because they view her as "practice" for a boyfriend, or because they find the idea of sex with her less intimidating than sex with a real boy. Because of this, she's worried her current girlfriend is eventually gonna dump her for a guy[[spoiler:, though thankfully, it turns out the girl genuinely loves her]].
* Rina from ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is more tall and pretty than anything, but she wears the male uniform, and upon her introduction in the anime, Lucia and Hanon wonder, "That was a girl... ''right''?"
* Shiratori, Kisara's [[UndyingLoyalty servant]] from ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. In her first appearance and in every appearance since, she's had a bishonen-esque face and always wore a heavy coat and shirt, showing no hint of her gender. In chapter 489, Shiratori's real gender is revealed for the first time, Takeda's reactions pretty much showing what the readers had thought this whole time.
* ''Manga/MinamiKe'': Touma Minami (no relation) is first persuaded to pose as a brother, then later insists on being called a boy, even though she's not, probably because all three of her elder siblings are [[AloofBigBrother Aloof Big Brothers]] (to varying degrees). This provides some nice contrast to WholesomeCrossdresser "Mako-chan".
* Miura of ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'' talks and dresses very much like a boy, so much so that GentleGiant Jumbo gets confused over her gender when he first sees her.
* Rin Asougi from ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'' seems to have this down pat - if it wasn't for her rather large breasts, she could quite often be mistaken for a effeminate man. This is in large part due to her choice of clothes - [[BadassInANiceSuit a man's business suit]]. It doesn't help that she is by far extremely badass.
* ''Anime/TheWallflower'' has Sunako-chan turning up at a 'boy/girl mixer' with her classmates, dressed as an extremely pretty boy, because it precludes the chance of any boys [[AllergicToLove asking her out]] but still fulfills her promise to go out with them. She's,er... special. No, not ''that'' way.
* Sai from ''Manga/KazeHikaru'' passes for a cute teenage boy fairly easily as a SweetPollyOliver - and her forbidden love for her captain makes them almost seem like YaoiGuys. Even a few comically perverted guys in the manga fall for her to a degree- including one who goes past flirtation and outright into [[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale attempted rape]], with rapidly disappearing 'comedy' aspects as it becomes clear what his intentions are and what this would mean for [[TheMasquerade her prospects at continuing to pass for male]].
* Diva from ''Anime/BloodPlus'' transforms herself to look like this after [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon raping and killing her twin sister's adoptive little brother Riku]] in order to impregnate herself.]] To add insult to injury, it's ''his'' appearance she takes.
* Protagonist Ryougi Shiki of ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' is a subtle example, as there are few extraneous characters to comment on her handsomeness. In the first chapter, every phrase concerning her was [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns written so that her actual gender was not mentioned]] until the second-to-last line. This probably has to do with her (originally) having two personalities, one male and one female. Though by episode 4 (chronologically 2) [[spoiler:SHIKI (the male personality) sacrifices himself in the Void for Shiki (the female personality) to live on, wakes up from her coma, and gaining the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception]].
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'':
** Haruhi mostly doesn't care if she's taken for male or not and often dresses in feminine clothing when she's not at school... but since the rest of the Host Club is determined to keep her gender a secret, she wears a male school uniform. (Not helped by how she actually wore the male uniform ''before'' joining the club, since it was cheaper than the girl's one.) And she is considered to fill the "boy so pretty [[DudeLooksLikeALady he could be a girl]]" demographic to the unknowing club customers.
** Benio "Benibara" Amakusa of St. Lobelia Girls' Academy's Takarazuka Club, meanwhile, is a fully intentional example.
* ''Franchise/{{Negima}}'':
** Setsuna Sakurazaki of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has fooled some into thinking she was male while dressed in Edo-period clothes. Most cite it as her [[BodyguardCrush behavior around her charge Konoka.]]
** In ''Anime/NegimaSecondSeason'', they swap roles: Setsuna is the YamatoNadeshiko in a luxurious kimono and Konoka is the Bifauxnen and in a UsefulNotes/{{Shinsengumi}} uniform. But nobody makes any comment, because the only other girl around turns out to be [[PsychoLesbian Tsukuyomi]]...
** Both Setsuna and Kaede wear men's-style suits fairly often in the Magical World arc, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v28/c258/7.html even to a formal ball]]. However, nobody has confused Kaede with a man.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'':
** Yagyu Kyubei is an unusual example - she exemplifies this trope, but not on accident; she was [[RaisedAsTheOppositeGender raised as a male]]. Otae says Kyubei was "born with a woman's body, but a man's heart".
** Mutsu is also an example. Doesn't help that she wears men's clothing.
* Both Yayoi and Lin from ''LightNovel/{{Kurenai}}''. It's no wonder that they always end up fighting each other.
* Kiri from ''Manga/NeverGiveUp'' ended up with the looks of her father. Furthermore, to follow her love interest, she gets hired as a ''male'' model. Her masculine features are emphasized by her love interest, Tohya, being an ''effeminate-looking'' boy. This is often joked about by Kiri's friend, Natsu:
-->'''Natsu:''' I do think you two look good together.\\
'''Kiri:''' Huh?! Really?!\\
'''Natsu:''' Prince Kiri and Princess Tohya. You'd be best couple in the yearbook, for sure!
* In ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'', an escaping enemy once confused the athletic, short-haired ActionGirl Ryoko for a guy when she tried to contact him via HolographicTerminal. She was not amused. Note this was a one-off occurrence, as this confusion would not be possible in person thanks to the magic of {{Latex Space Suit}}s, and the character in question had a [[StayInTheKitchen particularly narrow view of "proper" mecha pilots]].
* The [[ViewerGenderConfusion viewers weren't the only ones who were confused with the gender]] of the boyish Otto from ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. In the [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary manga]] that featured the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers]], it's revealed that most of the Numbers themselves were also unsure whether Otto's a man or a woman, and [[SmugSnake Quattro]] ordered the few who do know to keep a tight-lip about it. Also in the post-''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' TimeSkip, [[spoiler:she's now working as a [[BattleButler butler]] for the Belkan Saint Church]], complete with matching suit.
* In ''Manga/{{Himegami}}'', there's several bifauxnen hiding almost in plain sight. The protagonist Hyou is one, though the women she protects all know. The primary villain, a French noble named Gawain, very surprisingly turns out to be one after everyone but her servants leave her home, and she undresses to be waited on hand and foot. That suit hides her bust very well.
* Averted in ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'', since Sai Jounouchi has the looks but apparently wears a long skirt.
* Kana, the WrenchWench from ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei''. She dresses in a boy's uniform and her voice is low enough in tone to be passable for either gender, and every so often someone asks about "him". These aspects of her, however, are only lightly touched upon in the anime.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV. See CowboyBebopAtHisComputer for the confusion that resulted from her character design.
* Hilling Care, DarkActionGirl and Ribbons' [[spoiler:[[HalfIdenticalTwins twin sister]]]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': Ennis is a partial case, being obviously female but prone to dressing and carrying herself like a man in a time period where that didn't often happen. The real Bifauxnen however is Ricard Russo, who's more often taken for a cute little boy than a teenage girl by characters ''and'' [[ViewerGenderConfusion readers]].
* ''Manga/BlackJack'': Kisaragi Kei is an early example. [[spoiler: She began living entirely as a man after her (cancerous) ovaries and uterus were removed.]]
* Cera Eguchi of ''Manga/SakiAchigaHen'', who has short hair, and doesn't like wearing the Senriyama school uniform, instead going around with a gyakuran top, t-shirt and shorts, thus comes off as looking like a boy.
* Kiri-chan from ''Anime/GaReiZero''. (''Almost'' a carbon copy of the one in the picture above.)
* Shadow in ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar'' manages to cross the line all the way to "are you ''sure'' she's not a man?" despite having an obviously female body. This is because she manages to be one of the few pilots [[spoiler:to contract the Insania Virus, which is supposed to primarily affect ''men''.]]
* After ''years'' of doing the opposite in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', Hirohiko Araki finally revealed [[spoiler: Hot Pants]]' gender in Steel Ball Run. It makes her Stand power, [[spoiler: the flesh-spraying Cream Starter]] surprisingly fitting.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** After [[ImportantHaircut cutting off her long braids]], Lichtenstein can pull off a rather convincing Bifauxnen, despite being a ProperLady personality-wise. She's not very pleased by such a prospect, though, since it outlines [[ACupAngst her lack of endowments.]]
** Also Hungary, who once thought she was a [[YouFailBiologyForever boy]] and wasn't bad looking while dressed as a male. Brought up more directly in a sketch where Hungary dons a nice male outfit, ties her hair in a ponytail and strikes a KnightInShiningArmor pose for a Liechtenstein with [[LongHairIsFeminine long hair]] and a cute PimpedOutDress. It was again brought up in ''Manga/{{Hetaween 2011}}'' when she dons a prince-like cosplay. [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy And ropes her boyfriend Austria into wearing a dress and being her "princess".]]
** ''Manga/{{Hetaween 2011}}'' also has Ukraine as one, when she cosplays as the Mad Hatter in the Slavi/Baltic group. Liech dresses up in boyish clothes again, this time cosplaying as the son of Wilhelm Tell while her brother Switzerland is Wilhelm Tell himself.
*** In ''Manga/HetaliaHetaween2013'', Ukraine does it again by dressing up as a ghost train conductor (but this time, her outfit has a CleavageWindow)
** As well, both [[NinjaMaid Hungary]] and [[CoolBigSis Belgium]] wear rather masculine military uniforms. Vietnam's uniform has only been seen in a few sketches, but appears this way as well.
* Lady Jo from ''Anime/LupinIIIAngelTactics'' fits this trope exactly, with Fujiko even calling her "boy" when Jo tries to seduce her. Interestingly, she's explicitly described as bisexual, and seems to be somewhat fluid in her style. While she's introduced in a very masculine outfit and displays most of the other typical traits associated with this archetype, she eventually lets her hair down and dons a very fancy PimpedOutDress during the film's climax.
* ''Manga/WJuliet'': You would never know Miura Ito was a girl unless she told you, especially at the beginning of the manga. Likewise, [[DudeLooksLikeALady her boyfriend Makoto makes a gorgeous woman]], to the point where [[spoiler:all of his male classmates are in denial when they find out the truth at the end of the manga.]] Ito is constantly given male roles in the school drama club (their teacher is apparently a huge Takarazuka fan), and the one time she was cast as the female lead it was supposed to be a comedy version of Swan Lake, with Makoto as the handsome prince.
* Jun of ''Manga/{{Saki}}''. Short hair, dress shirt and tie, husky voice, usage of male first-person pronouns, and a tall, lean figure? [[ViewerGenderConfusion Even some viewers]] were thrown off by this despite her presence in an all-girl tournament.
* A character in ''Manga/MonochromeFactor'' who is employed at Master's bar looks perfectly male as his shirt is always half open and you can see he (she) has a flat chest. However, after he [[spoiler: goes a little crazy after telling Maya he (she) is actually a girl and Mayu rejects him, then is possessed by kokuchi]] she (he) seems to develop rather large breasts...
* ''Manga/NyanKoi'': Nagi is tall and flat-chested, also a gangster (the daughter of a {{Yakuza}} family) and the captain of the track team. She used to love girlish clothes and things, but started dressing and acting like a man after her first love rejected her.
* Mashiro Ichijo's gender identity is a key part of the plot of the manga ''Manga/AfterSchoolNightmare''.
* ''Manhwa/HesDedicatedToRoses'' features [[{{Meganekko}} Choi Ida]], who masquerades as [[BoisterousBruiser Choi Yodah]] in order to vent the frustrations of being under the thumb of [[ManipulativeBitch Manipulative]] RichBitch Mimi. As Choi Yodah she accidentally attracts a female bully after rescuing her and a {{Bishounen}} named Naru because [[spoiler:she resembles his dead little brother]]. [[PlotHole If Ida's so poor and her room so small, where did she get and stash all those flashy male clothes? And where did she get them to begin with, or is Asian fashion that androgynous?]]
* ''Manhwa/BoyOfTheFemaleWolf'' features [[HugeSchoolGirl Eun-soo Cha]], who passes as a very attractive and hilariously vain ("You dare hurt my beautiful face!?") boy and gets into fights -- the difference is she does it 24/7 (going to school as a boy was one incentive to move in with her mom). Her [[FreudianExcuse reason]] is that she sees women as frivolous and weak -- her mom [[ParentalAbandonment effectively abandoned]] her when she married a guy from overseas; her grandma [[spoiler:recovered from a serious illness only to die suddenly, yet another abandonment]], and all those schoolgirls fawning over her doesn't help either.
* ''Manhwa/LoveInTheMask'': The heroine is a bodyguard to a wealthy girl and had to become a boy because "a female bodyguard wouldn't be taken seriously" (despite living with her charge there's no chance of BodyguardCrush since they're LikeBrotherAndSister). Apparently it's not too successful since a character who only recently returned to Korea and never met her promptly addresses her with a female honorific and asks if everyone in the entire school is blind.
* [[spoiler: Akito]] from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' actively fools people into thinking she's a man. Helps that she has a very similar hair cut to Yuki's. Does not apply in the anime where [[spoiler:Akito]] is obviously male. [[spoiler: Akito]] being a {{Bifauxnen}} is actually a ''huge'' plot point. [[spoiler: She was actually ''forced'' to act, dress and make everyone believe she was a man, per orders of her horribly abusive mother Ren, who did it [[EvilIsPetty out of petty jealousy]] over how Akito's dad adored her. Out of the Zodiac members, only the eldest ones (Hatori, Ayame, Kureno and Shigure) know that she's a girl and identifies as such despite how she was raised -- Kureno later explains this to Tohru in what becomes a MASSIVE WhamEpisode. The other don't learn this until almost the end, [[SheCleansUpNicely when the now reformed Akito appears in front of them in a female kimono]].]]
** Parodied with Yuki, who is quite the case of DudeLooksLikeALady... and his best friend Manabu tries to trick his girlfriend Komaki into believing he's actually a {{Bifauxnen}}.
* Kaoru Daichi from ''LightNovel/LadiesVersusButlers'' is both Akiharu's roommate and a girl crossdressing as a boy. Given what type of series this is, this makes for some awkward tension.
* Yui Goido becomes one in ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' after her capture.
* Subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''. During her first appearance, Cagalli is dressed in rather boyish clothes but does ''not'' do anything specific to hide her gender. People just ''assume'' she's a boy, and Kira almost immediately identifies her as a girl.
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'':
** Itsuki Myoudin from ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure''. Justified because she had to take over her family's business, and her older brother Satsuki (who [[DudeLooksLikeALady looks like a girl]], oddly enough) is an IllBoy, so she believes she has to dress like the opposite gender. And her disguise was so convincing, EvenTheGirlsWantHer. She looks much more feminine as Cure Sunshine, however.
** Akira Kenjou/Cure Chocolat from ''Anime/KiraKiraPrecureALaMode''. Unlike Itsuki/Cure Sunshine, she's this in both civilian and Cure form, with her outfit in Cure form having several elements of a typical "prince" outfit. In her debut episode, Ichika is convinced that she's a boy, even when Akira transforms into Cure Chocolat ''right in front of her'', until her father corrects her.
* Interestingly, another Itsuki is assumed to be this at first in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', but the title character quickly decides that "for now, he looked male".
* ''[[Literature/HalfPrince 1/2 Prince]]'' has a variation. The main character is a girl who takes on the role of a male in a virtual reality MMORPG, very few people see through the disguise, and what few do only manage to do so after she gives herself away.
* Ryo Kuromatsu in the manga ''Manga/TheMagicTouch.'' She looks so much like a boy that even when she wears girl clothes, she looks like a guy wearing girl's clothes. Most characters in the manga know she's a girl, though.
* [[spoiler:Melk the Second]] from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}''. Done so she can become the successor of her adopted father, [[spoiler:the first Melk]], or so she thought. Because he'd already decided she was worthy to be his successor and told her so, except he speaks so quietly she couldn't hear him.
* The title character from ''Manga/MusashiNumberNine''. The big reveal comes at the end of nearly every issue/story arc, especially early on.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'':
** Lucrezia Noin believed that gender distinctions didn't matter in the battlefield, so she had rather boyish and elegant looks.
** From Frozen Teardrop we have [[spoiler: Katherine Oud Winner, one of Quatre's sisters. [[http://gundam.wikia.com/wiki/Katherine_Oud_Winner?file=Kath-profile.jpg as seen here]].]]
* Even though the entire casts are underaged girls flying magical planes ''[[FanService while not wearing pants]]'', a few characters in ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' can qualify, especially Waltrud Krupinski.
* Actually a plot point for the GirlsLove manga ''Manga/GokujouDrops''. Turns out a boy Komari made a childhood promise with years ago [[spoiler: was her current squeeze Yukio]]
* ''Manga/{{Change 123}}'' gives us [[spoiler:Ginga]] who is easily mistaken for a boy, what with running around shirtless, and having a flat chest due to her muscle structure. It takes an accidental peek at her preparing for the bath (and later [[ItMakesSenseInContext Kousukegawa getting his face pressed against her crotch after falling off the roof]]) for her to admit she's a girl.
* Chizuru from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' counts at times. She typically looks feminine when in casual wear, but whenever she decides to crossdress in a boy's uniform she does looks like a {{Bishonen}} with long hair. She's gained the attention of a few girls too.
* During the ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' episode "The Witch's Maw", Claire pulls this off by wearing a figure-concealing cape, pulling her already-short hair back, and [[VoluntaryShapeshifting lengthening her vocal cords]] to deepen her voice. The voice of her thoughts [[VoicesAreMental remains the same]], however.
* Eureka looks almost like a male in her soccer attire in episode 39 of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' thanks to her hair loss.
* Jun Kamigamo from ''Manga/NatsuNoArashi'' looks unquestionably like a male until the reveal of her true gender.
* Halfway through the series ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'', the protagonist Kodaka Hasegawa was surprised to find out that his long forgotten male childhood friend "Sora" was Yozora Mikazuki, who was actually a female.
* Shizu from ''Manga/MariaHolic''. She's Mariya's HalfIdenticalTwin who's going to an all-boys school; a perfect parallel to Mariya who's a VillainousCrossdresser who goes to an all-girl school.
* Kei from ''Manga/HououGakuenMisoragumi'' looks like a boy. Her mom sent her to an all-boys school, full of {{Bishonen}} boys, to make her more feminine.
* The entire main cast of ''Manga/AiOreLoveMe'' is made up of girls who look like men.. Well, most of the main cast. The one boy, Akira, [[DudeLooksLikeALady looks like a girl]].
** From [[Creator/MayuShinjo the same author's]] manga ''Manga/SensualPhrase'', we have [[DudeLooksLikeALady Towa's]] girlfriend Miya. She's a beautician and clothes designer, and actually it's her who created Towa's really girly looks.
* Believe it or not, Sakura Kinomoto pulled this off at least once in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''. Most noticeably in the ''Sleeping Beauty'' SchoolPlay where she was cast as the Prince and donned a boyish outfit ''really'' well.
** An earlier anime episode had a minor character called Yuki Tachibana, who disguised herself as a boy in her attempts to undo the vandalism done to her father's painting of her. For a while, she had everyone fooled. [[GenderReveal Then the hat came off after Sakura captured the Clow Card that was responsible for the vandalism in question]], revealing Yuki's RapunzelHair.
* [[IdolSinger Sheryl Nome]] from ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' does this for some of her concerts as a costume while singing (and cleans up quite well). Is quite HilariousInHindsight considering her love interest [[DudeLooksLikeALady "Princess" Alto]].
* Kei from ''Anime/IriaZeiramTheAnimation'' is revealed to be a girl after everyone believed her to be a boy for most of the series.
* There's a oneshot manga called ''Manga/KuronekoGuardian'' where a young singer is given a bodyguard. She's dressed as a boy because "it'd be easier to work if people didn't know she was a girl".
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'': The Agent was confused for a man for almost all of her appearances, but was revealed as female at the very end, where her shirt rips, and reveals her cleavage.
* Yuri Ishtar from ''Manga/AnatoliaStory''[=/=]''Red River''. She was mistaken to be an attractive young boy while she was pretending to be a dancer. She's also mistaken for a boy when one of Kail's brothers comes to visit. HilarityEnsues.
** Played more seriously later, when a local queen is told that "a young boy" is conquering several territories for the Hittites. Said Queen's pre-teen daughter, in a well-intentioned by VERY misguided move, decides to sneak out and [[PleaseIWillDoAnything offer herself to "serve" said "boy"]], implicitly [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar in a]] [[SexSlave sexual manner]], in exchange for the safety of her people. Yuri is [[OhCrap shocked at this]], then explains the deal to the princess and makes her one of her ladies-in-waiting instead. (Not to mention the girl's mother was ''not'' happy either when she found out.)
* Subverted with [[spoiler: Alicia "Jeudi" Brandel]] in the ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose'' manga. She only dons the look for a short time [[spoiler: after [[DisguisedInDrag having to get her hair cut short and donning boy's clothes]] to fool Count Germont and cross the Austrian/Swiss border without trouble]], and though [[SweetPollyOliver she can pull it off surprisingly well]], after meeting [[spoiler: Leonhardt]] and [[UnsettlingGenderReveal telling him she's a girl]] to gain his favor [[spoiler: and then being tracked by the ''very'' persistent [[StalkerWithACrush Count]] ]], she returns to wearing dresses almost immediately.
* Natsuki Hayami from Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}. It's actually VERY plot important since, when she's thrown into the past with her friends, she turns out to be the IdenticalStranger of [[UsefulNotes/AmakusaShiro a certain local leader]] [[DudeLooksLikeALady who looks like a girl]]...
* Mikusa from ''Manga/ArataKangatari'', who's outted to the audience as a crossdressing girl within a few chapters after her introduction. Despite the reveal, the art still maintains her boyish looks.
* [[spoiler:Chihiro]] from ''Anime/BattleSpiritsHeroes''. She seems like a {{Bishonen}} boy but is revealed to be a girl in episode 31. [[IKnewIt Fans had speculated]] this for a while.
* Ryou from ''Manga/StrawberryShakeSweet''. A lesbian singer in a VisualKei band, she cultivates an androgynous image.
* Souseiseki from ''Manga/RozenMaiden''.
* Lampshaded in ''Anime/DogDays'', where Cinque is surprised that Eclair was a girl.
* The plot of ''I Girl'' is that a women has to disguise herself as her younger twin brother, who is a high school teacher. He cuts her hair and suddenly looks near identical to her, just with a rounder and shorter face. It turns out that a large number of the students [[PrecociousCrush have crushes on her brother]]...
* Kaoru Sayanomiya of ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'' is a powerful miko, head of the Tokyo branch of the History Compilation Committee, and heir to her powerful family. Her only flaw is her tendency to wear men's clothing, even at formal events where she's known to be a woman. Many of her female classmates have fallen in love with her and she makes no effort to correct them on her gender or discourage their attempts to win her over.
* ''Manga/KagerouDays'': [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140210214315/kagerouproject/images/2/23/MekakuKido.png Kido.]] During her first (very brief) appearance, Shintaro mistakes her for a guy. She's noted to have a pretty face by other characters, but it (and all aspects of her figure) is usually hidden by her hoodie and hair.
* Yuu Kashima from ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'', with her short haircut and preference for men's clothes, is easily mistaken for a pretty guy. She also has a reputation as being the school's ''Prince'', which she takes pride in. It's even used as a plot point in chapter 45, where Wakamatsu mistakes her for being Seo's boyfriend, never having seen Kashima in the school uniform where she wears a skirt.
** Kashima at one point parodies the cliche where boyish girls wish to get a GirlinessUpgrade. When she gets a cold her voice deepens, leading another character to wonder if she'll get sad she now seems even more like a boy.. Kashima promptly flaunts her androgyny and masculinity around.
* The protagonist of ''Manga/NozomuNozomi'' is a boy [[DudeLooksLikeALady who looks androgynous]]. When he gets [[GenderBender turned into a girl]] he still passes as a boy. His haircut is fairly neutral and he has an almost flat chest.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[spoiler: the epilogue]] shows us a ''very'' [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/s_daughter_4345.png boyish teenage girl]]... [[spoiler: She is Mirai Sarutobi, the very androgynous-looking daughter of Asuma and Kurenai.]]
* Maya and Karen in ''Anime/BambooBlade'' look rather androgynous when wearing their kendo uniforms, though Maya looks more [[FaceOfAThug thuggish]] than {{Bishonen}}.
* Tomo from ''Manga/TomoChanWaOnnanoko'' can easily be mistaken for a guy because she dresses and acts in a very boyish manner (in spite of having BoobsOfSteel), though she can look quite stunning when made up in more feminine clothing. In fact, her ChildhoodFriend Junichiro actually ''did'' think she was a guy until middle school when he saw her wearing a skirt...granted, before that he'd seen her going into girls' bathrooms and '''still''' didn't put it together, but in hindsight he fully admits that it was SelectiveObliviousness.

* Many women in the work of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romaine_Brooks Romaine Brooks]], particularly the subject of ''[[https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/peter-young-english-girl-2909 Peter, a Young English Girl]]''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Happened to ComicBook/{{Jubilee}} of the ComicBook/XMen at least once. In a slightly odd turn of events, the dinosaur-riding tribe who made the mistake actually had her half-way to the altar with a choice bride standing by before the misunderstanding could be cleared up.
* In the early [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars comics]], the ones [[ComicBook/MarvelStarWars produced by Marvel]], there was a prince who went to Luke Skywalker for help; later in the arc it was revealed that [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Vila this character]] was that prince's twin sister, as the prince himself had died. In order to keep her planet's morale up, she'd needed to keep his death a secret. At the end of the arc the princess also died, and the two of them met Yoda in the afterlife - the princess was clearly shorter and somewhat narrower-shouldered than her brother, but still fairly androgynous. Without looking at the word balloons, it's actually rather difficult to tell that she's female.
* Carrie Kelley, the successor to the Robin mantle in ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', is mistaken for a boy by the police. Somewhat of an inversion on how Robins on New Earth are either mistaken for or portrayed in other media as girls.
* Fey Truscott-Sade, an androgynous action hero companion from the Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine comics. The writers describe her as "an androgyne"; she has a feminine body, presents with masculine clothing and hair, and uses feminine pronouns. And she's a badass bisexual 1930's spy.
* Sir Ystin, the Shining Knight, was mistaken for a boy in ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers'' and mistaken for a girl in ''ComicBook/DemonKnights''. In the latter case, the truth is [[GenderBender a little more complicated...]]
* Luci (yes, ''that'' [[LouisCypher Luci]]) from ''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDivine'', doing a damn fine impression of Bowie's Thin White Duke
* In ''Masqued Mayhem'', one of the ''ComicBook/AdventureTimeGraphicNovels'', Marceline's fancy-dress costume is as a male ClassicalMovieVampire.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* The title character of ''Fanfic/IryaSheenAceAttorney'' notes she used to wear pants, but after being mistaken for a boy enough times, she settled on a skirt.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' fanfic writers like doing this to Setsuna (see above). ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5699544/1/bSuit_b_bUp_b Suit Up!]]'' (one big ShoutOut to ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'') has her invoke this to such an extent that ''all'' of the girls get hot and bothered around her, while ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4078106/1/Egg_Belly Egg Belly]]'' has her don a tuxedo for her date with Konoka.
* ''Fanfic/{{Oblivion}}'' has Marley Flowers, who looks sufficiently male-like that she and her fiance are MistakenForGay at first.
* ''Fanfic/FateStayNightUltimateMaster'''s version of Avenger is a female, but dress like a male in her civilian attire, and looks quite good in it if Ben's opinion is anything to go by. Not so surprising considering [[UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc who she is implied to be]].
* Dee from ''Fanfic/DJINNWayToHome'' is short-haired and fairly flat (she's only fourteen), so she looks a lot like a boy, albeit a cute one. One of her future teammates teases [[GenderBlenderName Will]] (the woman who plans to adopt her) about her much younger "boyfriend," even when said boyfriend is wearing a DangerouslyShortSkirt.
* Kishimura the dragon-girl in the ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' fanfic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/7390630/chapters/16787725 Daily Odd Life with Monster Girls]], enabling her to pass as a prince without raising suspicion.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* Creator/EllenPage is a [[DarkActionGirl very scary]] Bifauxnen as Hayley Stark in ''Film/HardCandy''.
* In ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'', Mr. Rooney finds who he believes is Ferris at the arcade, but turns out to be a girl.
* In ''Film/VictorVictoria'', the title character is played by Julie Andrews. Female both in real life and in the movie, she plays the eponymous Victor, an ostensibly male drag queen. Part of the plot is fueled by various women being very attracted to "Victor" (as a subplot, a few of the male characters have a StupidSexyFlanders reaction to "him.")
* The actress Creator/TildaSwinton, who started her career by ''living'' this trope. She is attractive to both genders, while being androgynous enough to apply for EvenTheGirlsWantHer ''and'' EvenTheGuysWantHim, depending on the character.
** She played the technically sexless Angel Gabriel for the movie ''Film/{{Constantine}}''.
** Orlando from the film adaptation of ''Literature/{{Orlando}}'', who begins as an androgynous man in the 16th century, becomes ageless, and later changes sex into an androgynous woman.
** The novel on which the film is based was written by Virginia Woolf, writing it as a fictionalised biography for the author-poet Vita Sackville-West, with whom she had an affair. Vita's son would later describe it as "the longest and most charming love-letter in literature".
** Also a feature in many of Tilda's glamour shots. There are several which try to make half of her look like a woman and half of her look like a man. It's strangely attractive.
** Conan O'Brien has said that Tilda should play him in a movie. She said she'd do it.
* [[TomboyishName Johnny]] (Jane Birkin) from ''Je T'aime Moi Non Plus''. She ends up giving the gay protagonist Krassky (Joe Dallesandro) a major case of StupidSexyFlanders after subjecting him to an UnsettlingGenderReveal.
* Creator/CateBlanchett playing "Jude Quinn" (Bob Dylan) in ''Film/ImNotThere''. Fetish Fuel ensued. Suffice it to say that Cate makes a rather hot guy. The fact that her voice is very much on the huskier end of the scale helped.
* Creator/ChloeSevigny from [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0206036/ If These Walls Could Talk 2]]
* Creator/AngelinaJolie in ''Film/GirlInterrupted'' was wonderfully Johnny Deppish. She was also androgynous in her role as [[http://www.proyouthpages.com/jolie-foxfire.jpg Legs]] in ''Foxfire'', and spends the last act of ''{{Film/Salt}}'' with a short haircut, wearing men's clothes [[spoiler:while she's in disguise as a man, complete with facial prosthetics which she removes, while keeping the hair and clothes]].
* Imogen Stubbs, as Viola/Cesario in the 1996 adaptation of ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. Olivia's infatuation is ''completely'' understandable...
* Creator/NoomiRapace as [[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy Lisbeth Salander]] in the original film version of ''The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'' is another dark example.
* Laure from ''Film/{{Tomboy}}'' is androgynous looking. She's able to pass herself off as a boy, and even normally she looks like a boy.. It helps that she's only ten, so a haircut and boys clothes is really all she needs to pass as male.
* ''Film/SomeKindOfWonderful'': Watts is just a raggedly dressed {{tomboy}} for most of the film, but becomes this in the last act after donning a male chauffeur's outfit.
* Yet another example from Creator/EllenPage in ''Film/MouthToMouth'', though only after she shaves her head.
* [[spoiler:The lead character]] in ''Film/FrozenDays'' is this [[spoiler:after her TraumaticHaircut]].
* In ''Film/BlueIsTheWarmestColor'', Emma at the second part of the film where she has blonde hair and wears more sophisticated clothing that is expected of a well-respected artist. It also symbolizes the passage of time between the two chapters and how much her character has other priorities aside from her domestic life.
* One of the earliest examples is Creator/GretaGarbo in ''Film/QueenChristina''. Her father King Gustavus Adolphus, lacking a male heir, essentially raised her as a boy, so she acts like a boy and dresses in men's clothes. But she still looks like Greta Garbo.

* In Anne Rice's ''[[Literature/TheVampireChronicles The Vampire Lestat]]'' the vampirized Gabrielle, Lestat's mom, usually adopts male clothing and hair style to be free to do as she wished. During the time (late 18th century) it was difficult for women to get away with living so independently, so she does this for practical reasons.
* Nan Astley and Kitty Butler, of ''Literature/TippingTheVelvet''. Both are male impersonators in late Victorian England.
* Played with (and subverted) in Diana Gabaldon's ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' series. Secondary protagonist Bree is a six-foot-plus, strapping Scottish redhead who waltzes around in the 18th century in trousers-- but only passes for a man if you're really not looking, and is goggled at, flirted with (with cracks about stepladders) and [[EternalSexualFreedom horrifies her father.]]
* Many female fans were ''extremely'' pissed off to discover that Maladict from Discworld/MonstrousRegiment is, in fact, a girl.
* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath''
** Jame is mistaken for a boy on a regular basis, is declared to be officially a boy in a fair few contexts throughout the books, and is mistaken constantly for her twin brother (in low-visibility situations). She's flat-chested and androgynous, though she has very long hair (which she tends to wear hidden under her cap).
*** Subverted at one point in ''God Stalk'': The courtesan Melissand is flirting with her, and Jame assumes Melissand thinks she's a boy. She doesn't--she knew Jame was a girl the whole time.[[note]]Melissand is more than a little gay--as we find out in the next few pages, she was having an affair with a princess.[[/note]]
** Jame, Rue, and Caldance--a fairly diverse group of people--all call Brier "handsome", and with her short hair and neat, military dress, she falls right in the bifauxnen aesthetic. She's Jame's NumberTwo, and they have a BifauxnenAndLadette thing going on.
** Kirien is ''almost'', but not quite, a SweetPollyOliver--she never actually ''claims'' to be male. But she looks (and dresses) like a handsome boy, and lets people go with their assumptions.
* Leisl in the ''Literature/{{Ravenloft}}'' novel ''Vampire of the Mists'' is a thief who dresses as a boy to survive better on the streets.
* In "A Scandal in Bohemia," Irene Adler admits to Literature/SherlockHolmes that she frequently dresses as a man to go out in public because of the freedom that male costume allows her. As shown in theatrical versions of the story, the result is apparently {{Bishonen}}esque.
* In ''Literature/MonaLisaOverdrive'' by Creator/WilliamGibson, Kumiko muses that [[ActionGirl Molly]] greatly resembles the stereotype of the Japanese bishonen: "elegant, deadly and fey."
* [[spoiler:Kitai]] from Jim Butcher's ''Literature/CodexAlera'', partly to do with the fact that she's an underage Marat with vaguely boyish features (until they come of age, Marat wear baggy tunics and aren't acknowledged to actually have any biological sex except in the academic sense). Tavi doesn't much care for her initially, because she was kind of hostile for little apparent reason, but once he realizes she's a girl, he starts to notice she's kind of pretty.
* Tzigone, one of the central protagonists of ''Literature/CounselorsAndKings'', is a very slender and flat-chested young woman, and as she's a MasterOfDisguise she's quite practiced at tricking people into thinking she's male. She does female disguises too, though.
* In the world of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', whores service women. Many of them try to look as much like men as they can, and it's to be noted that men in this world are seen as soft, beautiful, graceful creatures. These wear ivory strap-ons [[DoubleEntendre called bones]] at their groins to complete the look.
* The Little Lord in ''Literature/HawkAndFisher'' is essentially a female GentlemanThief; a tall, handsome woman who dresses in slightly old-fashioned upper-class male clothes, complete with short hair and [[HighClassGlass monocle]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Jade Dimagiba/Yuan Sy from ''MyBinondoGirl''.
* Shane from ''Series/TheLWord''. And in RealLife, Creator/KatherineMoennig, the actress who plays Shane. In fact, fans of the show often conflate the actress with her role, which is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in this tongue-in-cheek [[http://www.afterellen.com/blog/trishbendix/this-just-out-video-season-3-episode-1 interview]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Romana (in both her incarnations) is at times this, most notably in [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/romana_drag_stones_3229.jpg "The Stones of Blood"]], [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/romana_drag_nimon_2304.jpg "The Horns of Nimon"]], and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/romana_drag_decay_5766.jpg "State of Decay"]].
** Ace gets in on the act in [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ace_in_a_tux_5563.jpg "Ghost Light"]], not only wearing a Victorian tux, but convincing her new friend Gwendoline to wear one too.
* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', Bob, Lord Blackadder's page, (who is actually a young woman named Kate) is so attractive she manages to turn the head of the staunchly heterosexual lord Blackadder even before TheReveal.
* In the original pilot for the ''Series/GetSmart'' TV show, this was done with Agent 99. When Maxwell Smart first meets Agent 99, she has a pageboy haircut and is dressed in a not-very-flattering chauffeur's outfit. While she actually still comes off as quite sexy and clearly female right from the start... this is Max we're talking about. It takes him most of the episode to realize that she's female.
* Batchi, in ''Series/TheRichMansDaughter'' has delicate looks and is masculine in appearance but is nonetheless good-looking and fashionable in an androgynous manner effortlessly looking sharp in sleeveless shirts, men's shirts, and is also acknowledged as "handsome" by her colleagues and her LipstickLesbian best friend.
* Anjali Jay as Djaq in ''Series/RobinHood''; the most stunningly beautiful "boy" you've ever seen.
* Marcy from ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' was often accused of being a boy. Ironically, in one of the final episodes of the series Amanda Bearse appeared as herself (a classic [[TheLadette ladette]]). It was probably the most obviously female she'd appeared through the entire series.
* Franky Fitzgerald from the third generation of ''Series/{{Skins}}'', but only in Series 5.
* In the ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' episode ''Don't Take My Love Away'', the youngest daughter Ruthie wants to wear a tux to her parents' vow renewal ceremony. In the same storyline she doesn't want her brother Simon to move out of their bedroom.
* In the 1986 adaptation of the Literature/LordPeterWimsey novel ''Strong Poison'', the 'anti-man' Eiluned Price dresses in waistcoat, trousers and a bow tie, and cuts her hair short. Given the 1930s setting of the story, it's a strong implication that 'anti-man' is code for ButchLesbian.

* Annie Lennox of Music/{{Eurythmics}} deliberately plays up her androgyny. Some American audiences were shocked by the video ''Love Is a Stranger'' because they thought that Lennox was a man in drag.
* The dancers in the video for "Blame It on the Girls" by Mika are ''half''-Bifauxnen: their costumes and wigs make their right half look like a girl in a dress with a bob, while the left half looks like a man in a tux with [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] hair. See it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsO-V6bqiDE here]].
* Elly Jackson, singer of Music/LaRoux, often invokes this. [[BlondieIsABand Yes, she's not the only person involved.]]
* Shirley Manson of Music/{{Garbage}} dresses this way in the video for "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Androgyny]]." Seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVs6Fekh0RY here.]]
* Hitomi Yoshizawa got this treatment during her earlier years with Music/HelloProject. It's especially obvious in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6klago6-xHY this]] video.
** Tenth-generation member Haruka Kudou is currently filling this role, to the point where she refers to herself as a boy in blog posts and interviews.
* Thai singer Zee Matanawee Keenan.
* Played with in girl group Music/{{Mamamoo}}s "Um Oh Ah Yeah" MV which features Moonbyul, Hwasa and Wheein all dressed up and made to look like men. Moonbyul just wears a suit and short wig, and pairing those up with her nice feminine features makes her out to be a typical pretty boy; the other two however wear prosthetic makeup and less flattering wigs, and dress like a 1950's greaser and nerd. [[spoiler:Moonbyul's minimal changes actually make sense, as she is portraying a very androgynous woman, though her admirer Solar fails to notice that at first.]]
* Valshe, known for her roots as an ''utaite'' doing covers of songs featuring [[Music/{{VOCALOID}} Len Kagamine]], has a very masculine voice that's part of her SignatureStyle. Official artwork of her depicts her as a boyish-looking woman with short blonde hair, and this would extend to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valshe#/media/File:Valshe_Butterfly_Core.jpg her real-world appearance]] once her actual likeness started being used in media.
* Akira from VisualKei band Disacode tends to wear men's clothing in performances and music videos in addition to sporting slightly spiky long black hair with a blonde streak and eyeliner. This helped by the fact that she is also a fashion model, having modelled for ''Kera'' and ''Kera Boku'' magazines along with starring as Narase Kaoru in the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Manga/AiOreLoveMe'' and in a CrosscastRole as Uesugi Kenshin in stage show adaptations of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''.
* Pop singer/rapper Amber Liu of the Korean girl group f(x), whose androgynous image has resulted in lots of EvenTheGirlsWantHer among the group's female fans. Look at her in this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7MHZpSNJQc music video]].
* Music/JanelleMonae, the [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly genre-blurring]] GenkiGirl singer, is rarely seen without her proper tux and a white starched shirt. It also helps her bifauxnen image that she has what can only be described as "epic hair."
* Taiwanese singer Zhang Yun Jing, known for her androgynous image. She has been described as both "handsome" and "beautiful". EvenTheGirlsWantHer, as her a large part of her fandom is comprised of females who take great pleasure in squee-ing over her various attractive features, masculine or feminine.
* Omi, Mally and sometimes Jyou from Music/ExistTrace are considered this, which has caused some ViewerGenderConfusion like for example, someone who isn't familiar with VisualKei will look at Jyou, Omi, and Mally and think "Wait, [[{{Bifauxnen}} the guys in the suits]] [[LadyLooksLikeADude are actually chicks]]?". Bassist Naoto can look quite masculine as well, but not in a bifauxnen-type way, while the odd one out in the band is Miko, who lacks of the bifauxnen aesthetics.
* In March 2017, Chinese BoyBand FFC-Acrush [[http://www.sbs.com.au/topics/sexuality/fast-lane/article/2017/03/31/chinese-boy-band-reveal-theyre-not-boys revealed that they were in fact female]].

* OlderThanSteam: Viola in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' and Rosalind from ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'', both by Creator/WilliamShakespeare. Interestingly, this means the trope is ZigZagged since, in Shakespeare's time, males played ''all'' the roles...[[DudeLooksLikeALady including the female ones]]. Thus, when these plays were first performed, you had [[RecursiveCrossdressing guys playing girls that were pretending to be guys]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions'' has the Nomad bloodline's Officer outfit. There's has cleavage on her, but otherwise looks very androgynous. There's a piercing under their lip which one could mistake for a soul patch.
* King from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. She dressed as a man in the original ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', due to an incident regarding her gender and childhood training in Muay Thai (which back then didn't accept female practitioners), as well as being forced to be a bouncer by a local gang. In that game, she is presented as a male at first (besides baring her bra if beaten with a super move and having different dialogues when this happened), but future games acknowledge her as a woman who chooses to wear male clothes both for personal taste [[KickChick and practical reasons]]. She continues to dress in masculine clothing in almost all her later appearances; the closest concession, clothing-wise, is either wearing dresses in artwork and in her ending in ''The King of Fighters XI'' (and the last one is [[JustifiedTrope because she is in a date]]) or showing up in two-piece swimsuits in the {{Dating Sim}}s.
* Another {{SNK}} example - Koujiro [[spoiler: whom her name is actually Kaori]], the SweetPollyOliver[=/=]{{Half Identical Twin|s}} of ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade''. Thanks to a [[TomboyishName gender-ambiguous name]], her gender is debatable until her story-mode ending, when [[spoiler:her supporting cast are relieved that she can go back to [[StayInTheKitchen Staying In The Kitchen]]. Thankfully, she has other ideas]].
* Razzy, a major supporting character in the [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove underrated game]] ''VideoGame/SummonNight: Swordcraft Story'' is very [[AmbiguousGender ambiguously gendered]] (To characters anyways, she's first introduced as another character's "niece"). In fact, throughout a good chunk of the game, the player character and various [=NPCs=] think that Razzy is a boy. One NPC even comments that Razzy will be a handsome man when he grows up. Coupled with this boyish look is that, out of the five available weapons in the game (sword, axe, spear, knuckles, and drills), Razzy uses knuckles. Also adding confusion is that it is hinted that (read:Immediately starts addressing you as OneeSama and directly wonders if two girls can get married), while playing as the female option, Pratty, Razzy will [[HoYay acquire a crush on you]].
* Hikaru of ''VideoGame/PowerInstinct Matrimelee'' is a almost a parody of characters like Bridget from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' (like many characters in the game). Her gender is so well hidden that nothing in the game itself actually mentions it, not even in her ending. The only way someone would be able to determine her true gender is from other documentation.
* Faris, the pirate captain in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'', whom Bartz and Galuf [[SweetOnPollyOliver swoon over]] ''before'' TheReveal.
** [[http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff33/FinalFantasyBrasil/FFV/YoshitakaAmano/FF5FarisScherwizb.jpg This]] is what Amano originally drew her as. The [=SNES's=] graphics messed the twist up. (Except for fans who assumed that the pretty, long-haired man was one of the series' many {{Long Haired Pretty Boy}}s.)
** Lightning from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' generally doesn't qualify due to her obviously feminine appearance in the game... however, she later pose [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-04-04/final-fantasy-xiii-2-cast-poses-for-prada-in-fashion-mag for a fashion magazine]]... ''men's fashion magazine'', that is. In the third game in her series, she can wear men's suits, and gets mistaken for a prince in the NPC chatter.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', one of the main characters, [[spoiler: Naoto Shirogane, the masculine, pistol-wielding, uniform-wearing, amateur detective-turned high school student]] is a biological woman dressing as a man [[spoiler: because she believes that she won't be taken seriously in a mostly male field of work. After her gender and identification are revealed, Naoto decides to keep the boyish looks and behavior -- unless she's specifically asked otherwise by the Protagonist, and only when they are alone.]]
** [[spoiler:Izanami's human form looks a lot like the Protagonist, despite being a woman, and looks even more boyish in the manga.]]
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'':
** Maria Tachibana and Kanna Kirishima are tall and have husky voices, so they usually play male roles in their musical productions.
** Later we get Leni Milchstrasse, who is petite and waifish and talks like a boy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** Wriggle Nightbug, the ''only'' member of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters massive cast]] with both short hair and pants, leading to a lot of ViewerGenderConfusion and subsequent jokes about other characters mistaking her for male.
** Shou Toramaru, whose boyish name, appearance, and career caused more ViewerGenderConfusion.
** Toyosatomimi no Miko, who's based on a real male historical figure and has a hefty dose of masculine arrogance, though she still wears a long skirt as part of her outfit.
** An obligatory PC-98 example, Meira from ''Story of Eastern Wonderland'', whose demands to fight Reimu for her powers were mistaken for a proposal by Reimu... [[LesYay and accepted]]. Meira clarifying her gender [[MistakenForGay didn't help]].
* ''VideoGame/AtelierAnnie'': Annie is practically the embodiment of this trope. Seriously, [[http://atelier-ds.jp/annie/ look at this]] and see what your reaction is... If the existing image wasn't so good, she'd be the banner girl for the trope. Of course the game itself wastes no time in poking fun at her for this, with several [=NPCs=] mistaking her for a boy at first glance.
* In ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'', Asellus is a girl who is mistaken for a man by a maid who made a suit for her, who develops a crush on her. According to a sourcebook, this (and Asellus's feelings for her companion, Lady White Rose) is due to the magical blood transfusion she got from the Charm Lord, a Dracula-type character. (It doesn't help that the Lord insisted that Asellus become the "Prince" (not princess) of his kingdom.)
* From ''VideoGame/InfiniteUndiscovery'': [[spoiler: Vic's true gender soon becomes fairly obvious, with several hints shortly after Vic joins your party.]]
* Leo Kliessen from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 6''. Short hair, check. Masculine name, check. [[note]]Her full name is ''Eleonora'', and "Leo" is a nickname[[/note]] Masculine outfit, big check (includes a white masculine tuxedo).
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': The "tough" type female Marines (including one voiced by Creator/MichelleRodriguez in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''), and Tedra Grant from ''[[VideoGame/{{Halo 4}} Spartan Ops]]'', all with short hair and figure-concealing armor. Kat from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' borders on this, but her figure is noticeably more "feminine" than her squadmates, despite being in full armor 24/7.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' has Dr Strangelove, with her short hair and androgynous tailored clothes.
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'': Joanna Dark in the original, less so in the XBLA rerelease.
* Kumatora from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''. A little kid mistakes her for a boy at one point. [[spoiler:And the Magypsies.]]
* Jill from ''VideoGame/MightyJillOff''. Even more so in her appearance in ''Super VideoGame/MeatBoy''.
* Jess from ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars'' has a buzzcut and wears a military uniform with pants. If not for her name and some *slight* bumps in the chest region, she'd be indistinguishable from a male. The second game enhances this effect my making her carry around a somewhat phallic-looking tank shell.
* Ione of ''VideoGame/VanguardBandits'' is more than a little manly in appearance to the player. This doesn't stop TheHero from complimenting her beauty anyway.
* Until her more feminine design in ''Nuts & Bolts'', [[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Kazooie]].
* Miyako Yakumo from ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe 5''. She looks completely like a boy, dresses like one, fights like one and has an ambiguous voice to boot.
* Makoto Kikuchi from ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster'' was raised to be more like a boy by her father, who wanted a son, and thus she looks and acts very masculine out of habit. However, what she really wants is to be more feminine and get more attention from boys, so she became an IdolSinger to reinvent herself. Unfortunately for her, the majority of her fanbase InUniverse is made up of [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer girls with crushes on her]].
* Yuri from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'': ''A New Beginning'' would probably be mistaken for a boy a lot more often if she wasn't introduced as Emma's daughter and one of the girls the male player character can marry. (She is also a secret bachelorette, meaning only those who go to sites that show all the potential candidates will know she is one.)
* [[spoiler:Marth, or better said, Chrom's daughter Princess Lucina]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''.
--> '''Chrom:''' Wait, You're- You're a woman?
--> '''[[spoiler:"Marth" aka Lucina]]:''' And quite the actress too. Honestly, I'm surprised you didn't figure it out until just now.
** A Female Avatar can be given {{bifauxnen}} looks [[https://imgur.com/a/5fSSp if the player uses the right build and hairstyle combination]].
** A Female Morgan. It makes sense since, depending on [[spoiler: whether the Avatar is a man or a woman]], Morgan [[SchrodingersPlayerCharacter can be either a guy or a girl]]. The main physical differences between a girl Morgan and her DistaffCounterpart are her finer features and her [[BoyishShortHair sliiiightly longer hair]].
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'': [[spoiler:The character first known as "James Kidd", and actually named "Mary Read"]] is quite clearly voiced by a woman, and is revealed to be one midway through the game.
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand4'': Princess Shokora, whose appearance [[MultipleEndings changes in the end cutscene]] depending on how many treasures you collected. In the OneHundredPercentCompletion ending (which presumably shows her true form), she could easily be mistaken for a prince.
* ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheFracturedButWhole'' has a child variant. If you choose to make the New Kid a girl, the boys will comment on what a feminine-looking boy "he" is, how soft and smooth "his" skin and hair are for a boy, etc. [[spoiler:They never actually manage to connect the dots, and the only party member who does, Call Girl, promises to keep the New Kid's true gender a secret.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has a villainous example in [[Characters/OverwatchSupport Moira O'Deorain]]. She has short hair, a rather angular face, a slim build, and a low voice. But what really puts it over the edge are the shirt and tie she wears in [[https://youtube.com/watch?v=6ETybQd4uRE&t=30s her origin story video]] and in some of her sprays. And then her "Glam" and "Moon" skins are pretty much knock-offs of Ziggy Stardust, {{Music/David Bowie}}'s most {{Bishonen}} stage persona.
* ''VideoGame/LoveNikkiDressUpQueen'' plays around with the trope quite interestingly:
** Kaja is a popular rock star from the Miraland world, popular with men [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer and women alike]], and owner of very boyish looks. She often challenges Nikki to duels that include very boyish clothes (often tagged "Unisex"), in order to broaden Nikki's style horizons.
** Nikki herself is very much a GirlyGirl, but Kaja's challenges will require her to dress up as a {{bifauxnen}}. [[GuideDangIt Which can be a nasty surprise for new players]], since "Unisex" clothes tend to be a bit hard to find among the sea of girly dresses, tops, coats, wigs, etc.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/TheyAreMyNobleMasters'': Averted was Natose, who is a semi-bifauxnen, the only thing is she has boobies (huge ones in fact), and she wears panties under her clothes.
* Both [[GenderFlip Colonel Sebastian Moran and Henrietta Irving]] in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth''. In the beginning, Mary doesn't know the latter's true gender and has a bit of a crush.
* Chris in ''VisualNovel/PrincessWaltz''. She not only dresses like a boy, and has the interest of all the girls; she was told she was supposed to be born a boy and [[GenderBender plans to become one through magic]]. Even after she starts [[HGame sleeping with the main character]], her ultimate goal doesn't change. Somehow Chris' gender isn't obvious to Arata after the second chapter. No, not even after seeing her in the bath.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
** Saber [[spoiler: aka Arturia Pendragon]], having been stopped in her natural growth at around the age of fifteen, had posed as a man, although a very {{Bishonen}} man. This is due to how she easily kept a cold and professional face, in addition to wearing men's clothing. However, she was under a genuine GenderBender spell at one time in her backstory, [[spoiler:which was how her "son" Mordred was conceived]]. She dresses in more contemporary menswear in ''Literature/FateZero'', a sharp, formal black suit. Irisviel fixates on what a handsome protector Saber makes, and contemplates what a beautiful couple they make when she's escorted in public by her.
** From ''Zero'' as well, Kiritsugu's partner Maiya also dresses rather austere and masculine, and keeps her hair short.
* [[spoiler:Rei Ijuin]], of ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial 1'', who has to pose as a boy in front of everybody due to a family custom, and this until her coming of age. It's a well-kept secret the [[spoiler: Ijuin]] family zealously protects, to the point that even her ''little sister'' [[spoiler: Mei]] doesn't know she's actually a girl!
* Kriska Stares from VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}.
* Saori, the PlayerCharacter of ''[[VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow Shall We Date?: Ninja Shadow]]'', is one who uses her boyishly good looks to a DeadPersonImpersonation after her brother Kaname's murder, so she can pursue her revenge and become a member of the all-male vigilante group that Kaname was supposed to join.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Asha from ''Webcomic/{{Kubera}}''. So much that Ran still thinks she's a guy even though she is wearing a dress. Yes, he thinks of her as some weird guy who dresses up in women's clothing.
* ''Webcomic/{{Building 12}}'', by [[Webcomic/{{Misfile}} Chris Hazelton's]]: [[GenderBlenderName Alex]]. She was selected to an exclusive program to fill a diversity quota because her application was smudged and they thought she was a guy (it gets mostly female applicants), so now she's pretending to be male.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': A weird example, Tedd accidentally sets off his transformation gun and is turned into a girl. His friend doesn't notice until Tedd points out the twins. Then it overlaps into a weird mix of Real Life and WrongGenreSavvy: he transforms in an [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2009-12-15 off-continuity Q&A-style storyline]]. The next strip? 'A ridiculous number of viewers claim they didn't notice I was a girl in the last installment until they noticed ''Grace'' was a guy!'
** Tedd accidentally turned into a girl during a card tournament due to a magical spell and her friends again don't notice until she specifically pointed out her breasts and and her [[ItMakesSenseInContext pink hair was it's natural purple again.]]
* [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090123 Grantz]] from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Baron Wulfenbach's monster hunter. Especially considering Creator/PhilFoglio's art style...
* Part of an InstantCosplaySurprise (sort of) inflicted on [[TomboyishName Alex]] by Lita in ''Cheer!'' for their "date". [[LesYay Don't think she didn't have an agenda there.]]
* ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'': Die-hard anime fan Yuuki seems to be deliberately aiming for this effect with her boy's uniform but can't quite pull it off due to the MostCommonSuperpower.
* Sister Denmark from ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld''. In the comic entitled [[http://www.satwcomic.com/confusion/ "Confusion"]], France (one of the only countries so far primarily personified as female) propositions Sister Denmark believing her to be an androgynous-looking man only to be disappointed and angry when the clothes come off and she discovers her mistake.
* Brooke Lynn of ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' is one complete with 'That guy from summer camp.' Cue CrossPoppingVeins and possible BerserkButton.
* Some female readers of ''Webcomic/TheMeek'' were shocked to learn that Soli was a girl...and even more shocked when [[StupidSexyFlanders they realized how little they cared.]] And now she's [[GenderReveal surprised]] at least [[http://www.meekcomic.com/2010/12/30/3-20/ one person in-universe.]]
* Pieta of ''Webcomic/TheWatcherOfYaathagggu'' due to her fairly androgynous figure, the clothing she wears and the lack of other characters addressing her for most of the first chapter.
* In [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5101 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' SelfParody, it's PlayedForLaughs:
-->'''Phani''': Had she the look of a real woman, she sould have been more lucky in love.\\
'''Zala''': Do not mock her so. It is not her fault if she looks like a man... a very pretty man.
* In a few strips in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', Monique played around with dressing and styling her hair in a very androgynous way to mess with Seymour and have fun with Slick and Squig, but after being exposed to the Patriarchy, she adopted this look as her default appearance.
%% This link is broken due to the Sinfest archives being reformatted. Please find the proper link and pothole it as needed.
%% [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-06-20 Androgynique]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Dacey Ashcroft of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version 3 is described as being very ambiguous in gender - especially since she is very tall for a girl and in general, just doesn't act 'girly'. That she deliberately perpetrates this charade doesn't help matters for the confused.
tr* [[http://lesbianswholooklikejustinbieber.tumblr.com/ Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber]]. It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* During one ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' story, a new hero named The Rook joined the Global Guardians. It took almost a year to figure out that the team's new super''hero'' was actually a new super''heroine''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'': The title character's secret identity involves [[ClarkKenting wearing glasses]], recombing her hair and dressing as an English teacher named Adrian, and manages to fool everyone). She dresses in much looser clothes which hide her figure and speaks in a lower voice.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'': Sally Acorn is an unintentional example. She is pretty much one of the only female characters in the entire franchise to dress in the same manner as the males.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Pearl wears a tux in the MusicalEpisode [[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E8MrGreg "Mr. Greg"]], and pulls off the look quite well.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Smellerbee looks very boyish, but is actually a young girl. [[BerserkButton She's pretty sensitive about it, too.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Female {{crossplayer}}s are a particular real-life version of this trope, as groups will often pick their most masculine-looking female friends to cosplay Bishounen characters. This will often lead to bizarre situations occurring at Anime conventions, though people have generally learned not to question the gender of those entering bathrooms.
* "Otokoyaku" (boy role) actresses in {{Takarazuka}}. Often leading to copious amounts of EvenTheGirlsWantHer.
* In Andrew Loomis's ''Drawing the Head & Hands'', he more or less sums up this trope when he talks about how artists have more leeway in drawing masculine looking women than [[DoubleStandard feminine looking men]] (keeping in mind this was in the early 20th century, before {{bishonen}} characters became popular).
* Genderqueer androgynous model [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/13-reasons-rain-dove-is-the-androgynous-model-of-your-dreams Rain Dove]].
* Pete Burns, bisexual lead singer of Dead or Alive, managed to invert this trope. He had been cosmetically changing his appearance to resemble a woman before he married his wife of nearly 30 years. So feminine was he in his appearance already that when they applied for a marriage license, the clerk snarkily asked which one was the bride. Burns was not amused, recalling it as a "feeble joke" and the only thing that ruined such a perfect memory for him. In general, he was known for passing off a feminine look very well, at least until his surgery money ran out and he encountered one botched operation after another - his hobby was going under the knife to change his style whenever he felt like it, but that all changed when he met the wrong doctor. [[TearJerker Sadly, he was unable to repair the damage]] [[DownerEnding before he died.]]